Add two 18-year old musicians from Toms River, New Jersey to some blues, rock, and a sprinkle of hip-hop, and you’ll get Underground Mantra. Their soulful, smooth vibes make for a music experience unlike most of today’s hits.
It all started when Carmine Mattia and Tyler Schwartzman first met in intermediate school. Little did they know they would soon become musical forces. They were still friends up until high school, when they started making “parodies” of popular hip-hop songs that they didn’t like. After a while, instead of listening to all the music they disliked, they decided to create their own and actually enjoy it. Soon enough, they found their own niche in hip-hop and started to attain better songwriting skills. They developed a love and understanding of music-making and were influenced by classic rock and blues in addition to the beginnings of hip-hop.
In high school, they decided to take their band right to the stage and do live performances. The band, which at the time was composed of a drummer, guitar player, and bass player, wrote more and more. When the high school days were over, Carmine and Tyler, both of whom sing vocals, took their talent to Berklee College of Music. The college is located in Boston, Massachusetts, the current home of Underground Mantra. It is the most well-known independent college of contemporary music in the world. Some of the most iconic names in the music industry, such as Duke Ellington and Grandmaster Flash, have visited and taught there. Luckily for the Mantra duo, they are getting the most thrilling music education out there!
Underground Mantra is currently working on a new album, called The Woods, while they are attending Berklee. They started making the album in the summer, right after they released their other album, Something Kinda Smooth.